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By Maria Nikolajeva

The members to this selection of essays deal with kid's literature as an paintings shape, instead of an academic tool, as has been the normal strategy. students from 10 diverse international locations current numerous techniques to the historical past of kid's literature, together with perspectives on sociological, semiotic, and intertextual types of its evolution. different concerns explored comprise effect and interplay among tales and their international locations of beginning. This robust presentation of overseas views on kid's literature can be a precious source for students of kid's and comparative literature.

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As a result, two new models were introduced into the system: the fable and the moral tale. The first, the fable, required the accommodation of an existing model to the one legitimized by Locke. The second, that of the The Historical Model 33 moral tale, required the creation of a new model, which was deeply rooted in the Rousseauian doctrine. As new educational doctrines paid increasing attention to children's reading, children's books began to change. These doctrines allotted to children's reading a much larger space, regarding it as something more than merely a vehicle for achieving religious goals.

Lee, in Prime) Oft children living are children lost; But our children dead-ah, we keep them all! (Mulock, "A Little Dead Prince," M'carty, 167-168) Literary Ways of Killing a Child 19 How the children leave us, and no traces Linger of that smiling angel band, Gone, forever gone, and in their places Weary men and anxious women stand. Yet we have some little ones still our; They have kept the baby smile we know, Which we kissed one day, and hid with flowers On their dead white faces long ago. (Barrett Browning, in Foxcorft, 39) "The children who die are those who are always ours.

Cited by Muir, 1969, 23; Darton, 1958, 33) This is Sir Richard Steele's description, in the Tatler of 1709, of his godson's reading material. Sir Richard Steele was not the only one to describe children's reading material in this manner. Similar evidence can be found in almost all European writers of the eighteenth century when they describe their childhood. Be it Boswell or Goethe, all remembered with much nostalgia the chapbooks they used to read in their childhood. In Dichtung und Wahrheit, Goethe wrote: "We children therefore had the good fortune to find daily on the little table in front of the second hand bookseller's doorway these precious remnants of the Middle Ages: Eulenspiegel, The Four Sons of Aymon, Fair Melusine, Kaiser Octavian, Fortunatus--\he whole bunch, right down to The Wandering Jew; everything was there for us" (cited by Hiirlimann, 1967, xii-xv).

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